Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Nuevo Casas Grandes & Casas Grandes

Paquimé

These ruins, in a broad valley with panoramas to distant mountains, contain the mazelike adobe remnants of northern Mexico’s most important trading settlement. Paquimé was the center of the Mogollón or Casas...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Chihuahua

Casa Chihuahua

Chihuahua’s former Palacio Federal (built 1908–10) has been used as a mint, a monastery, a military hospital and a post office, but is now a beautifully restored cultural center full of excellent exhibits, with...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Durango

Museo de la Ciudad 450

This impressive city museum features an interesting collection of interactive exhibits, from pre-Hispanic times through colonization to the present day, and deals with Durango's economy, mining, traditions and...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Durango

Museo Francisco Villa

Housed in a spectacular colonial mansion, this well-conceived museum pays deep homage to the Mexican revolutionary hero Pancho Villa. Sixteen rooms worth of multimedia displays, films and personal effects tell...

Plaza in Durango

Plaza de Armas

Flower- and fountain-filled Plaza de Armas is graced by the handsome baroque Catedral del Basílica Menor. A popular meeting spot, there's a bandstand, shade trees and loads of benches. In the late afternoon and...

Archaeological Site in Chihuahua & Central North Mexico

Huápoca

Huápoca has trails to a triple set of cliff dwellings that the Mogollón inhabited from about 1200 to 1450. You get only distant overlooks of the first two, Cueva del Nido del Águila (Eagle’s Nest Cave) and Cueva...

Film Location in Durango

Paseo del Viejo Oeste

Many of the big-screen cowboys have swaggered through this film set. Today the set is a souvenir-drenched theme park with mock film productions on weekends (1:30pm, 3:30pm and 5:30pm Saturday and Sunday). It's...

Museum in Cuauhtémoc

Museo Menonita

This well-conceived museum, created in a traditional Mennonite architectural style, holds hundreds of household goods and farm tools from the early years of Mennonite settlement in the area. It’s remarkably...

Museum in Chihuahua

Museo Casa Redonda

Once a locomotive maintenance and repair shop, this renovated warehouse is home to the city's small but excellent modern art museum, with one room dedicated to the fascinating history of the building, including...

Archaeological Site in Chihuahua & Central North Mexico

Cueva Grande

Heading on the main road past the Huápoca ruins, turn right at the sign for Cueva Grande, where three ancient Mogollón buildings sit dramatically behind a rainy-season waterfall. It’s an easy 600m walk from the...

Museum in Chihuahua

Museo Historico de la Revolución

Housed in Quinta Luz, Pancho Villa's 48-room former mansion, this museum is a must-see for anyone who appreciates a made-for-Hollywood story of crime, stakeouts and riches. The interior is loaded with Villa’s...

Historic Building in Chihuahua

Quinta Gameros

Quinta Gameros

Built in an incredibly elaborate belle epoque architectural style by a wealthy mine owner, this museum is filled with a mix of period furnishings and art. Every room is unique, with quality stained glass and...

Museum in Durango

Túnel de Minería

A mining museum in an underground tunnel. Guides lead visitors past displays on the history of mining in Durango while weaving in legends of the past. Tours (in English and Spanish) last 30 minutes and leave...

Museum in Durango

Museo Regional de Durango

In a palatial French-style, 19th-century mansion, this museum has thorough displays on Durango state's geology, history and culture. Durango's main indigenous population, the Tepehuan people and the area’s...

Museum in Hidalgo del Parral

Museo Mina La Prieta

This mine was the basis of Parral’s economy for centuries after it opened in 1629, producing mainly silver, but also gold, copper, zinc and lead. Today, it’s a mining museum. Guides take visitors down 87m in an...

Cave in Chihuahua

Grutas de Nombre de Dios

These caves on Chihuahua’s northeast edge boast impressive stalagmites, stalactites and rock formations, making the one-hour, 17-chamber underground journey fun, especially for kids. Visitors enter with guides...

Plaza in Chihuahua

Plaza de Armas

Chihuahua’s historic heart, with its mass of pigeons, shoe-shiners and cowboy-hatted characters, is a simple but pretty place. A bronze sculpture of the city's founder, Don Antonio de Deza y Ulloa, presides over...

Bridge in Chihuahua & Central North Mexico

Puente Baluarte

Soaring an incredible 402m above the Río Baluarte, this incredible feat of engineering is the highest bridge in the Americas. It's one of many incredible bridges on the Durango–Mazatlán Hwy, a magnificent toll...